RATINGS: 4155   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russias Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Its a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling itA sincere friend is not born instantly.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Rich, fruity, chocolatey taste. Very smooth in the mouth with a pleasant hoppy alcohol finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
12 ounce bottle courtesy of csbosox. Pours and inky opaque black with a brown head that disapates to a ring. Molasses, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, chewing tobacco, spicey hops and alcohol in the nose. Prunes, very bitter, chocolate grit. Light smoke. Rather thin. Higher carbonation for the style. Slick and oily. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottled. I cant believe Ive rated over 300 beers and somehow never entered old raspy! This one poured black with a light tan head; three fingers worth but I poured it from about 6 inches above the glass. The aroma is hard to describe cause at this point its become one of things Ive come to associate with this beer. If I were to smell another beer with these same aromas Id simply write "smells like Old Rasputin". Id guess Ill settle on dusty chocolate as the best descriptor. Thick mouth feel that coats and soothes all the way down. Very chocolaty in flavor but it has tons of fruitiness as well. Dark fruits, but also berries and some citrus. Smoke, coffee, caramel and molasses notes as well. It is what it is and it is... great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hannibal88 (9) - USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
A strong brew, with a lot of (pleasant) bitterness. This thing has a really complex flavor, which might seem a bit overpowering but really is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3580) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Re-rate : 12 oz bottle

I have finally gotten around to reviewing this after two or more 4-packs. Hard to believe I havent rated it properly but there you go. Poured dark black with a thin tan head. Not the thickest imperial stout (like Expedition) but not watery either. Smells of cherries, chocolates, coffee and subtle hops come out as it sits. Finally, after ten minutes of clearing my biases, I gave it a taste. The first thing to hit my tastebuds was a rich cocoa with fairly active carbonation. The fruity hops went well with the cherry, caramel, expresso and raisin flavors that soon followed. The aftertaste floats around the mouth. It fades away slowly but not before a seeming eternity has passed. Let this one warm up before you try it as it seems best close to room temperature. Not only is it an excellent Top 50 beer but very accesible and relatively cheap. If you havent had it yet, you owe it to yourself to buy a 4-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. 10 December 2005. Bottle (1 yr in the cellar). My local retailer inexplicably had this on sale for $22 a case last Christmas (shoulda bought two cases), and it disappeared quickly while my family was around for the holidays. I figured Id do it justice and give it a year in the bottle before I rated it (though it was *just fine* last yr). Well, its still fine. Loads of raisins, plums, coffee and cocoa in the aroma. This is followed up w/ cherries and chocolate flavors, w/ a pronounced but not overbearing coffee bitterness. I think theres some fig in there, too. And you can only feel the 9%, not taste it. This is well done all the way around. Outstanding. If only my homebrewed clone turns out anywhere near this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Most of the time I find this style a little too malty and sweet , only to be balanced with the higher alcohol. However the northwest Hops really does it for me. Old Rasp is very complex. A lot of coffee and chocolate flavors. Smooth and full. This is one of those beers that Im lucky enough to get all the time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Draught at Tylers in Durham, NC. Served in a small Rasputin glass. Opqaue black with light brown head that laced the glass. Slightly roasty nose with a hint of anise. Flavors include anise, dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The flavors are much more prominent than the nose. Mild carbonation makes the beer easy on the palate. Very smooth, but bitter dre to the darkly roasted malt. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Thanks for sharing Derek! Much appreciated. Opaque black, finger if mocha head. Minute lacing. Dark, bitter chocolate aroma profile, roasted coffee beans, anise, with a mild hop presence. Licorice, toffee chocolate, bitters, milky, smooth mouthfeel. High medium body, silky mouthfeel, with great balance. Highly drinkable. Thanks again Hyde!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Thanks to gputty for sharing this one. This is the tale of two beers. The cold Rasputin and the warm (cool) Rasputin. Initial pour is black with a brown head. COLD Raspy: Nose is musty, kinda like when you do a load of laundry, forget its in the washer for 3 days, then lift the lid. Ugh! Flavors are metal and charcoal, with alcohol and bitterness in the finish. WARM Raspy: Warmed to a few degrees cooler than room temp, cool really. Beautiful, fruity nose. Dark fruits, dates and fig, with some chocolate, coffee and caramel notes. Flavor follows the nose. Very smooth, a great Impy. Just gotta warm up to it!

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